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    Nice "warm Weather" Hike with HHSS

    Might not be Kosher to post a simple day hike in this area, but it needs to be somewhere I guess!

    Any way, today was just so sweeeet! It hit 56*F ( though way breezy) and is heading even higher the next several days. Seems awful nice after all this cold and snow and cloudy gray weather lately. It has not been a normal winter here in the deep south! It was single digits just 2 nights ago! Main thing is though, we just have not been getting our sunny days, and I have been missing them.

    So I headed out to a place deep in the MS woods for the afternoon. The Sun was clearly visible through the leafless trees for a change, low in the South west sky. After a little distance, I came to a spot I called "Crooked Tree" on my waypoints. I decided to stop there and set up my hammock and try the new HHSS with OC and stock tarp. Boy, been a long time since I had that tarp out. I actually got a pretty tight pitch ( from the trees). And, about the best job ever of still having pretty good coverage after hammock sag. I was still pretty close to the RL. And, though it was quite breezy, the tarp was actually pretty stable and quiet. Not exactly a MacCat, but not bad for 11 oz and just one stake ( other side tied to a small log). This could encourage me to use this tarp again.

    I had the woods all to myself. I was on a ridge, and while setting up ( 3 minutes for out of the pack to ready to hang with entire SS set up, not counting tarp) there was a huge racket in the woods across a deep bottom and over the next ridge. I could not figure out what kind of animal it was. It could have been a small yapping dog, or some one practicing on a turkey call. It quit after about 10 mins. But then later, as I was packing up, a young deer came running at top speed from that direction, crossing within about 20 yards of me. I don't think the deer ever saw me. He seemed to be running for his life!

    The new SS UC seems to fit a bit different than the old one. It does a better job of holding a fleece jacket in place under the pad. Don't know why. Also, at home on my stand, the Over cover seemed to have excessive sag, but that improved hanging fro trees which kept the RL tight enough.

    Also hanging from the stand with no tarp, I was doubtful as to how much heat the Over Cover(OC) would really keep in with wind, as a lot seemed to be getting in some how. But today, used with the tarp, it was obviously making a big dif. At a very breezy 56F, I was burning up inside that thing with 1 pad/kidney/torso pad and no TQ or hat, just my nylon pants and cotton long sleeve shirt. The only way I could stay in was use the book I was holding up to read to also hold up one edge of the OC and let some breeze in there. That made a big dif. My back was hot and I was about to start sweating with the OC closed. I could have unhooked it on one side and pulled it over the RL, but I didn't want to bother for the short time I was there.

    BTW, I have had no significant trouble getting in and out on the sides, though I used the bottom entry today. You do need to be careful, it wouldn't be hard to over stress some fabric. And HH does NOT recommend this. But it has been doable so far for me.

    It was a very pleasant afternoon, and I saw several more deer when hiking out. I was very comfy lounging/reading in the HHSS, except when I was way too hot for the afternoon temps.







    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Nice report BB. Will be some glad when our temps get up to that range. But that won't be for a couple of months yet. Put me down as envious.

    Looks to me like you are using a wide-mouth backpack to just stuff/carry your hammock in. I'm pretty sure with the OC and the UC, mine will not fit in the snakeskins now. I'm thinking that my UC will remain on all year long. Mainly as underprotection from mosquitoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easyriver View Post
    Nice report BB. Will be some glad when our temps get up to that range. But that won't be for a couple of months yet. Put me down as envious.

    Looks to me like you are using a wide-mouth backpack to just stuff/carry your hammock in. I'm pretty sure with the OC and the UC, mine will not fit in the snakeskins now. I'm thinking that my UC will remain on all year long. Mainly as underprotection from mosquitoes.
    Yes, that is what I did yesterday. Along with a TQ, hood, pillow and book/camera GPS I just stuffed the entire thing down into a Golight Pinnacle pack. Still had some room for other stuff by pushing down tightly on the top. It worked quite well actually. I don't remember if I have ever done that before. I normally stuff it all into a large separate stuff sack and strap it to a MMG pack. Or if not that, I remove the pad and TQ to their own stuff sacks and put the hammock and UC into large skins. I'm pretty sure the OC would also fit in the skins, but I have not tried it.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    I am just back from another beautiful spot and a mostly off trail hike- oh what pleasant weather! Saw no people, but plenty of ducks, deer and turtles!





    I think it was in the hi 50s again(low 60s?), but no wind so way to hot under that OC, so I tied it back. Then the double layer of OC functioned perfectly to block the Sun off my face- with no tarp- while I was relaxing and reading.





    My back was almost too warm at these temps, I almost needed to remove the space blanket. But I'm sure that helped me keep warm on top with just my cotton shirt ( a bit damp from sweat on the hike in) and pants.

    This system is really working well for me so far. I was pretty comfortable, but thought it might have been hung a tad too tight. So I got out and loosed the ropes by 2". That made a good difference, though the RL was still tight enough. I was able to get comfy on my back- with virtually no left calf pressure (no knee pillow) and uber comfy on both sides, fetal. It was nice to just lay there and watch the lake a while then read a while. Sweet!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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